Pakistan Army advertises the selection process for Direct Short Service Commission (DSSC). You can join Pak Army as captain through this selection program. To all those candidates who have a passion for joining Pakistan forces then prepare yourself.

Applications are now open for Army Captain. It is an incredible opportunity for the candidates who want to join Pakistan Army as Captain through Direct Short Service Commission.

Join Pakistan Army as a Captain through DSSC

Here is the way how to join Pakistan Army as captain army:

  1. Once there is an opportunity, check the eligibility criteria. We have explained it in more detail below.
  2. If you meet the eligibility criteria, fill out an application form, and get yourself registered.
  3. You can also register yourself by visiting your nearest Army Selection and Recruitment Center (AS&RCs).
  4. You will receive an email from the Pak Army informing you about your test date, time, and roll number.
  5. Start preparing for the written test and a series of tests that will follow in ISSB. Scroll down to read the details of the tests.

Once you pass all the academic & initial tests. You will receive Congratulation message!. Moreover, you will be Welcomed to Pakistan Army and later on you will be sent for training at PMA Kakul, Abbot Abad.

Pakistan Army offers commission in the following categories:

  1. Army Education Corps (Army Education Officer direct Captain after Masters / MS & M.Phil)
  2. Psychologists Officers (For ISSBs & Army Selection & Recruitment Centers)
  3. Law Officers (Judge Advocate General, GHQ Rawalpindi) For males only
  4. Corps of Remount Veterinary Farms Officer (RV&FC)
  5. Army Medical Cadet (AMC)
  6.  Information Communication & Technology Officer (ICTOs)
  7.  Aeronautical Engineer 

Eligibility Criteria for Direct Short Service Commission in Pakistan Army

A popular question is What conditions are required for a PMA short course? PMA Short Course consists of many posts.

Marital StatusMarried / Unmarried
NationalityNationality of Pakistan and domicile holders of Azad Kashmir/Gilgit – Baltistan
Age28 years


Physical Standards

  • Minimum Height > 5’-4″ (162.5 cm)
  • Weight > As per Body Mass Index

Academic Conditions

  • In science subjects, a minimum score of 60% in the annual system or 2.5 CGPA is required, and in arts subjects, a minimum score of 50% or 2.0 CGPA is required.
  • In the case of law and psychology, CGPA must be at least 2 out of 4 or 50%.
  • Throughout the academic career (MA/MSc/ BS), there will be no third division of Grade D and only one second division of Grade C.
  • Preference will be given to MPhil/ MS/ PhD candidates.
  • Applicants should have graduated from HEC-recognized institutions or from foreign institutions recognized by HEC.
  • Candidates must be regular students from matriculation through MA/MSc/BS
  • Private candidates are not eligible.

Selection & Qualification Category

A popular question is PMA Short Course consists of many posts. The respective qualifications are as follows:

  • For AEC: In this category, MA M Sc / BS (04 Years) in:
    • Computer Science
    • Physics
    • Mathematics
    • Political Science
    • Biology
    • English
    • History
    • Islamic Studies
    • Arabic
    • Management Sciences)
  • For Psychologist: Qualification of passed degree of (M.Sc Psychology) is required to apply.
  • For Law Officers (Judge Advocate General): LLB Qualified with two years of experience as a practicing member of Bar Association within Pakistan.
  • For Corps of Remount Veterinary Farms Officer (RV&FC):
    • DVM or equivalent degree registered with PVMC
    • MSc (Hons) / M Phil (In relevant disciplines) will be given preference

Selection Process

To Join Pak Army As a Captain, you need to pass the following stages:

  • The first step is to register yourself. There are two ways to register. The candidates are required to register online from the website or from the below link:
  • Secondly, visit the nearest Army Selection and Recruitment Center(AS&RCs), and get yourself registered.
  • The candidates who want to register at AS&RCs should carry the following documents along with him:
    • Must have original Documents with two sets of attested photocopies of academic certificates / degrees / diplomas.
    • Serving applicants should have NOC from the related department.
    • Attested photocopy of domicile.
    • Photocopies of computerized NIC (National Identity Card).
    • 6 x colored photos properly attested (front & back).
    • Candidates must have their degrees justly verified by HEC / PEC.

Written / Intelligence / Personality / Psychological Tests

Army Selection and Recruitment Centers will conduct academic and intelligence tests based on multiple choice questions on the date specified by the computer. The academic tests will be conducted on the due date / time given after the successful completion of registration process as per criteria of Pakistan Army Commissioned Officers selected through DSSC pre-requisites.

Preliminary Medical Tests

Candidates will go through initial medical tests at AS&RCs for their fitness for commissioning in Pakistan Army.

Physical Tests will be conducted at Army Selection & Recruitment Centers

Run1.6 Km9 Minutes
Push up10 Repetitions2 Minutes
Chin ups2 Repetitions2 Minutes
Sit up10 Repetitions2 Minutes

Further Selection

Selected candidates by AS&RCs will be called for interview by GHQ Selection Board at Lahore, Rawalpindi, and Karachi.

The medical examination of all selected candidates will be carried out / conducted at nearby CMH for Medical fitness of the candidates. The final selection will be done / made at PA Directorate GHQ, Rawalpindi on the basis of the candidates’ overall performance in the selection tests / interviews.

Basic Military & Professional Training

There are two kinds of training are conducted for PMA short course candidates:

  1. Twenty-two weeks Basic Military Training (BMT) at AMC School & Centre, Abbottabad for males (GDMOs and Specialist Doctors).
  2. Twenty-two weeks of Basic Military Training (BMT) at AFPGMI Rawalpindi for females (GDMOs Specialists).


Initial Tests of DSSC in Pakistan Army for Online Practice of MCQs / Past Papers (Click on the following TABs / MCQs Boxes for your academic test preparation)


      Age                        :   up to 28 years

      Marital Status        :   Married / Unmarried.

        Male                    : Male

      Minimum Height    :   5.4 (162.5 cm)

      Weight                   :     As per body mass index

  Nationality                  :    Citizen of Pakistan and domicile holders of Azad Kashmir /Gilgit Baltistan. Upon final selection, candidate with dual nationality will have to surrender nationalities other than Pakistani


      Army education corps (ACE-Male )


       MA/MSc/BS(4Years)minimum 16 years education in following :

      Computer science



      Geography /GIS

      Political Sciences


      Islamic studies /Arabic

      Management Sciences

      Library science

      Pak studies



      LLB Qualified – A Practicing Member of bar with minimum two years of experience

      Corps of remount veterinary and farms officer (RV&FC )

      DVM or equivalent Registered with PVMC

      MSc (Hons)/ M Phil (in relevant disciplines ) will be given preference

      Psychologist  (Male )

      M.Sc Psychology

      Financial management stream officer

      MBA/MS – finance (18 years of education )

      MS- Economics (18 years of education )


      Minimum 60 % marks in annual system or 2.5 CGPA in science subjects and 50% marks or 2.0 CGPA in Arts subjects from HEC recognized university as a regular student

      Minimum CGPA 2 out of 4 or 50 % marks in annual system for law offr & Pshchology

      No 3rd division of grade D and only one 2nd division / Grade C throughout the academic career i.e Matric to MA/MSC /BS

      M Phil /MS/PhD/will be given preference

      Candidate can only graduated from HEC recognized universities or foreign universities recognized by HEC are eligible

      Candidates must have attained the entire education (Matric till MA/MSc/BS) as a regular students


      A candidate who has been twice not recommended by inter service Selection Board for Pakistan Military  Academy /Graduate Course or equivalent Naval / Pakistan Air Force Courses, however, third chance to appear for commission in AEC is given

      Permanently declared unfit by appeal Medical board

      Declared medically unfit due to Hepatitis B&C ( Appeal Medical Board cannot be requested )

      Declared unfit by any armed forces hospital except those cleard by appeal medical board . However , Pakistan Air Force Candidates who get medically unfit for flying but fit for ground branches can undergo routine medical examination as normal candidates if they are desirous to join other arms

      Tested with in four months (120 days ) gap of previous appearance in Inter Service Board  except candidates granted waiver by director general personal administration (DGPA) However, bar of 120 days will not be applicable to candidates appearing is post graduate general headquarters / naval headquarters / air headquarters based selection boards.

      Withdrawn from any Academy / Training institution on disciplinary grounds.

      Withdrawn from any bonded armed forces college / institution on disciplinary ground.

      Dismissed / removed / debarred from govt services including armed forces

      Convicted in a court of law in criminal proceedings


      Registration through internet candidates can register either through internet or by visiting Army Selection and Recruitment Centers (AS&RCs). Following procedure will be adopted:-

       Registration through internet Candidates can register on websites Date and time of test shall be intimated on internet for which the individual should have an e-mail account. Candidates will report on exact date and time given for preliminary test on computerized roll number slip. Date once given will not be changed candidates will also bring along all documents (mentioned in advertisement) and will pay prospectus fee on the day of test candidates must attain working knowledge of computer as registration and tests will be conducted on computers.

Candidates may report at nearest army selection and recruitment centers for registration / allotment of roll number along with necessary documents (mentioned in advertisement) and the prospectus fee for completion of registration formalities. Candidates will bring these on the day of test as well. Registration at army selection and recruitment centers. Candidates may report at nearest army selection and recruitment centers for registration / allotment of roll number along with necessary documents (mentioned in advertisement) and the prospectus fee for completion of registration formalities. Candidates will bring these on the day of test as well.

      Academics / Intelligence tests: Academics / Intelligence tests based on multiple choice question will be conducted at army selection and recruitment centers on the date given by the computer during the registration process.

      Preliminary medical test : candidates will undergo initial medical test at AS&RCs

      Physical test: the candidates must qualify the following physical standards at the time of preliminary selection

      1.6KM  running  :  9 minutes

      Push ups           : 10 repetitions in 2 minutes

      Sit ups               : 10 repetitions in 2 minutes

      Chin ups            : 2 repetitions in 2 minutes


Detailed medical examination of candidates recommended by inter service selection board will be carried out at nearby combined military hospitals candidates who are recommended by inter service selection board will be called for interview by general headquarters selection board. No travelling allowance / daily allowance is admissible final selection will be made at general headquarters (GHQ) on the basis of candidates, overall performance.

    Military training: 6 month at Pakistan military academy (PMA) KAKUL

Documents Required

      Documents Required: candidates will deposit following documents with army selection and recruitment centres (AS&RCs)

      Original certificate /detailed marks sheets along with two attested photocopies of each educational certificate /degree / diploma

      Candidates serving in government institutions/ departments will render no objection certificate of the concerned establishment

      Attested photocopy of domicile

      Photocopies of computerized National identity card  alond with verification slip obtained by NADRA

      6x colored photos duly attested (front &back )

      Candidates must bring their degrees duly verified by HEC / PVMC

      Endorsement application forms: while filling the application form by successfully candidates at selection and recruitment centres , must ensure that information be endorsed in the respective paragraph / column should be left blank.

      Notes. Expired National identity card will not be accepted

          Additional information   

      Bond : finally selected candidates will be required to sign a bond to serve the Army for a minimum period of 7 years  the applicability of bond will commence on successful completion of basic military training at Pakistan Military Academy Kabul

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